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Miami Dolphins fire head coach Adam Gase

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A hot name for Lions offensive coordinator just became available.

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It’s not even 10 a.m. ET on the east coast and Black Monday has already lived up to its reputation. The Broncos fired Vance Joseph, the Jets fired Todd Bowle, the Buccaneers fired Dirk Koetter and the Cardinals fired Steve Wilks. And the Bengals finally cut ties with Marvin Lewis.

But perhaps most important to the Detroit Lions is that the Miami Dolphins have reportedly parted ways with head coach Adam Gase. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was the first to report it:

This is relevant because early rumors are that Gase is at the top of the Lions’ list of potential replacements for offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. Of course, as of Monday morning, the Lions have not publicly made a decision on Cooter, whose contract expires after the 2018 season.

But now there are eight head coaching vacancies for 2019 (Broncos, Packers, Jets, Bucs, Cardinals, Browns, Bengals Dolphins) and Gase is going to get a lot of looks from those teams. In fact, one report suggests Gase is the leading candidate for the Packers job:

So if the Lions are going to make a serious run at Gase, they may have to somehow convince him to take a lesser job as a coordinator over a head coaching position. That seems highly unlikely, unless the market for Gase is not nearly as hot as some people are currently predicting.

Of course, we’re all getting a little ahead of ourselves at this moment. The Lions still need to declare a vacancy at offensive coordinator before we get too deep into the search.